Junior Residents

All the latest news and stories about our neighborhood’s junior residents.

Meeting Santa for breakfast

Audrey Brice meets Santa Jim Wells, both of Avondale, at the 9th annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Silent Auction by the Avondale United Methodist Child’s Day Out Preschool. Students enjoyed getting photos with Santa Claus and a Christmas concert by the VPK-4 classes.

Stockton Elementary girl wins 3rd place in essay contest

Stockton Elementary girl wins 3rd place in essay contest

Emily Gnida, a John Stockton Elementary 4th grader, took home a 3rd place $200 Visa gift card prize in the inaugural Mayor Brown Essay Contest. The 2012 essay contest theme, “With a College Degree I can…,” prompted 827 entries from elementary, middle and high school students throughout Duval County. First place winners received iPads and […]

Youngsters to make 90-mile swim for charities

Youngsters to make 90-mile swim for charities

Aidan Galpin, a 10-year-old St. Mark’s Episcopal student, is part of a group of kids being coached by Kerry Wick Swimming at Good Shepherd. Galpin and 20 others are swimming the Key West to Cuba book this winter and Aidan has decided to use his 90-mile swim to help others. He has collected over $1,500 […]

Kindergarten donates 630 lbs. of fruit to Second Harvest Food Bank

Kindergarteners at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School have been studying how fruits and vegetables grow, while learning valuable lessons about need and hunger. For three days in December students and parent volunteers collected donations of citrus fruit to be sorted, counted and weighed as part of a math lesson. The children filled a truck bed […]

Sixth grader has shot at Duval County Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the returning 2011-2012 Champion, Will K., for his second win! After 22 rounds, the sixth grader’s winning word was “disingenuous.” Fifth grader Chloe S. was the runner up. Will now advances to take the written exam to qualify for the Duval County Bee.

Sandwiches for Sulzbacher

Forty-six 6th graders from three homeroom classes at Riverside Presbyterian Day School got together on the last day of school before the holiday break to assemble 500 ham sandwiches. Clad in sanitary gloves, the boys and girls handled 1000 slices of bread and ham, 500 slices of cheese, and 250 oranges and granola bars to […]

Ortega Eagle Scout a driven achiever

Carrison Hager holds a record, at least locally. The Eagle Scout with BSA Troop #522 at Ortega United Methodist Church has earned 129 merit badges, all that were possible at the time. Hager has been working on earning merit badges as soon as he became a Boy Scout at the end of the fifth grade. […]

Venetia challenges students to give, read and learn

Students at Venetia Elementary School have been busy lately participating in various campus activities. In addition to giving, the students also learned how to receive. The school participated in the annual Red Ribbon Wee activities, which focuses on drug awareness. The program encourages students to make wise choices as they grow. As part of the […]